Vice-Chancellors discuss USP and University of Canberra partnership
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Professor Deep Saini, Vice-Chancellor and President of UC (left) and Professor Rajesh Chandra, Vice-Chancellor and President of USP.
The current Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between The University of the South Pacific (USP) and the University of Canberra (UC) strategically lays the foundation for existing and future engagements between the two Universities.
Professor Deep Saini, Vice-Chancellor and President of UC and his senior officials hosted a meeting over lunch for the USP delegation led by Professor Rajesh Chandra, Vice-Chancellor and President on 20 March 2018 in Canberra. The meeting allowed both parties to deliberate and discuss strategy on more forward-looking and targeted collaborations.
Professor Saini, in welcoming Professor Chandra and the USP delegation, said that USP’s unique structure and cohesive integration within the Pacific architecture places it in a strategic position to deliver key services to the region.
He said that this provides an enabling platform for both USP and UC to engage in mutual areas of interest for the benefit of the Pacific people.
Professor Saini said the visit was timely with the MOU between UC and USP shortly due for renewal. He said the discussion would enable identification of new focus areas under the partnership.
Professor Chandra acknowledged the opportunity and mentioned that both UC and USP had niche capacities and technical competencies, when combined, can potentially generate greater and sustained levels of support for the key regional priorities identified by the Pacific Leaders.
He added that USP has a dual role of providing higher education and delivering mandated technical level support in areas of Information Communications Technologies (ICT) and Human Resource Development (HRD) for regional integration through its effective engagement and contributions under Council of Regional Organisations of the Pacific (CROP) mechanism.
“A more cohesive partnership with UC will further strengthen USP’s capacity to deliver its aspired regional integration services,” he said.
It was mutually agreed that the renewal of the MOU between USP and UC should strengthen cooperation, which will be realised through specific Letters of Agreement as both institutions reach consensus on joint initiatives.
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